“Without a doubt, Curt Olds as Ko-Ko, the cowardly Lord High Executioner, is alone worth the price of admission. It’s a performance in the tradition of the great clowns of stage or silent film. Olds is something of a blend between Nathan Lane and a young Stan Laurel.” -The Manchester Press
With an active career in both opera and musical theatre, baritone Curt Olds has been seen in productions ranging from Don Pasquale and The Magic Flute to musicals such as Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Three Penny Opera with Bea Arthur, Broadway’s Riverdance and CATS. Curt is best known for his Papageno, Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and his signature role as Ko-Ko in The Mikado, for which he has some 13 separate productions to his credit. Curt has been seen across the U.S. and Canada with companies such as Arizona Opera, Edmonton Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Memphis, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera, Lake George Opera, Anchorage Opera, Opera Delaware, Dayton Opera, Seattle’s Actor’s Rep, Actor’s Repertory Theatre, NYC’s York Theatre, Little Theatre on the Square, North Shore Music Theatre and many others.
In the 2013-2014 season, Curt returned to Arizona Opera as Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore and reprised his Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Hawaii Opera Theatre and Shreveport Opera. Upcoming engagements include Pirates of Penzance with Shreveport Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Nashville Opera. Curt’s most recent engagements include performances of Oklahoma, Showboat, and Orpheus in the Underworld with Central City Opera, The Magic Flute with Opera on the James, Herman in The Most Happy Fella with Tulsa Opera, Max in The Sound of Music with Anchorage Opera, Pirates of Penzance with both Edmonton Opera and Arizona Opera, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and The Merry Widow with the Southwest Arizona Symphony, and Pete ‘n’ Keely at Actor’s Rep. Recently, Curt did staged readings of a new two-person musical based on the life and times of F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald entitled Dear Scott, Darling Zelda. Other favorite opera roles include Falke in Die Fledermous, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore and Njegus in The Merry Widow all with Central City Opera, Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Opera Omaha and The Pirates of Penzance with Lake George Opera. Musical theater favorites include A Little Night Music at North Shore Music Theater, Luther Billis in South Pacific with Hawaii Opera Theater and Petrucchio/Fred in Kiss Me, Kate.
On the concert stage, Curt has performed with Boston Symphony Pro Musica (Carmina Burana), Omaha Symphony (Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 5) and can be seen regularly with symphony orchestras across the U.S. singing Broadway Pops concerts, most recently with Ridgefield Symphony, Brazos Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Omaha Symphony and New Jersey Symphony. Additionally, he recently made his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Gerald Steichen at the piano.
As a recording and voice-over artist, Curt has recorded numerous commercials and promotional material with clients including Planet Hollywood Casinos, Books Beyond Pages, Ethan Allen Furniture, and the syndicated PBS feature Northwest Explorer. Curt is also featured on the soundtrack of the Disney animated film A Christmas Carol starring Kate Winslet and Nicholas Cage.
Curt holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston’s New England Conservatory and was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He was also a winner in Portland Opera’s Lieber Awards and was named McGlone Artist of the Year at Central City Opera. Curt is originally from Montana and now resides in New York City.